Ann Scott has been one of the most consistent Irish artists over the past decade. With the release of her fourth album 'Venus To The Sky', Scott has brought her songwriting to a new level; these beautiful songs with a distinctly individual identity. Having shared the stage with artists as diverse as Patti Smith, Howe Gelb and Fairport Convention, she has a wealth of experience. http://www.annscott.net/wordpress1/
Xenon Field fuse electronic noises and live instrumentation to create an unusual, unique hybrid sound. They've been buried away in the studio for the last number of year creating their debut self-titled EP, which was produced and mixed by Torsten Kinsella (God is An Astronaut) and mastered by Tim Young (Massive Attack, The Beatles, etc). The band consists of members: Robert Murphy (Guitar, Keys, Electronics) and Conor Drinane (Bass, Keys, Electronics). For live performances the band are accompanied by: Stephen Whelan (Drums) and Thomas Murphy Jnr (Keyboards, Electronics). http://xenonfield.com/
The Last Sound is the creative force of Barry Murphy, with Bryan O'Connell. Formed by Murphy more than a decade ago, The Last Sound has released some of the most inventive music that these shores has produced during the past 10 years. The album 'Rainbow Xplode' surfaced earlier this year, and is a serious contender for Irish album of the year. Outside of The Last Sound, Barry Murphy has performed a number of times on stage as part of ex-Can vocalist Damo Suzuki's never ending tour band, also appearing on his 2009 live album One More Universe. He is also ...
Who needs Stadium Rock when you can have the kind of Garage Punk Blues that The Bonnevilles cook up? The Belfast-based duo of Andrew McGibbon Jnr and Christopher McMullan have an uncompromising sound that recalls past masters like Taste, Howlin Wolf, and Dick Dale. After receiving much acclaim for their 2012 album 'Folk Art & The Death Of Electric Jesus', they've recorded this session for Dan. http://thebonnevilles.co.uk/
There have been many excellent bands from Cork over the years; Microdisney, The Sultans Of Ping FC, The Frank & Walters, The Shades, etc. More recently names like Young Wonder, Toby Kaar, and The Karman Line have made some brilliant music. Add to that list The Altered Hours; a band that have just released some of the best new music 2013 has seen so far. To mark the release of their 'Sweet Jelly Roll' EP, they recorded a session for Dan. Prepare to be impressed! http://www.alteredhours.com/